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A NEW method will be used to repave Guam’s roads. Old asphalt that is stripped from streets will be reused as a base for the new asphalt.
Stripped asphalt from earlier in the day or the previous day will be cement-treated and used as the foundation for the new asphalt. In the past, old asphalt was simply dumped.
“This is an unprecedented process in our road projects for Guam and certainly leads the way to our continuing efforts to forward environmental sustainability,” stated Joanne Brown, director of the Department of Public Works.
The new method will be beneficial for the environment, and will speed up the process of repaving. The method is currently being used at the Ylig Bridge site on Route 4.
With the use of the new machinery, a stretch of road over 100 feet long was stripped in less than an hour. The faster method minimizes the impact on motorists.
Nippo Corporation estimates the job can be completed in about three weeks, compared to the several months it would take using traditional construction methods.
On the other road works, Brown states that progress is fairly good. By the end of October, several projects are expected to be completed, such as Route 17 and Route 7A. The finishing touches on Route 4 are almost done, and work at the Talofofo Bridge is complete.
The $5.8 million Route 4 project, from Ylig Bridge to Route 17, includes widening and road resurfacing. Construction on the project began in September 2010 and is estimated to be completed by March 2013.